Loco For Local

Loco For Local

Yummy | 好吃 | Bagus | Arputam What makes this tiny dot such a fine city is due to our food! We have been known for the simple hawker pleasures & this is my non-exhaustible list of what to eat when you're in Singapore.
Amanda Liu
Amanda Liu

If you're a fan of curry chicken noodles, you'd have tried / known / eaten at Heng Kee Curry Chicken at Hong Lim Market before.

This old-school curry noodles store still gets long queues during the peak periods which is really encouraging as they've downsized and now only owns 1 storefront.

Having not gone back for a long time, I felt that the curry noodles were a tad bit underwhelming as compared to what I remembered it to be. The broth was thinner than usual & seemed to be lacking in flavour. Even after adding in the extra load of chilli, it didn't bring back the kick that I once raved about. Ingredients wise seemed to have shrunk too, likely due to the shortage of chickens & the rising costs of ingredients as well. Prices have also climbed to a minimum of $6 instead.

Nonetheless, it is still something to try if you're in the area for some nostalgia.

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Spotted a new store that opened at Beauty World Food Centre & decided to give it a try! Serving up only wonton mee, we ordered their Signature version which comes with both fried & boiled wontons, with a side of braised mushrooms & minced meat (kinda like 卤肉) as well as thinly sliced char siew.

It does give a nostalgic kinda vibe with those thinly sliced char siew, but flavour wise, it was slightly sweet but well-balanced nonetheless.

For the wonton fillings, it was packed with minced pork & slightly peppery, but tastes great when paired with everything together.

Changing the scene of Mee Hoon Kway, aka freshly pulled dough slices, Jiak Song has popped up all over our tiny island and bringing in a fresh perspective of this simple dish.

Easily one of my go-to dishes when I'm not sure what to get, these hand pulled slices are perfectly cooked, with that slight chew which makes it extremely enjoyable. Pair it with minced pork, handmade juicy pork balls, crispy ikan bilis & dark soy sauce-this dish is simple yet extremely satisfying.

Also to add, their soup is on a whole other level. The first scoop sends you to wok hei heaven with that charcoal-ed taste tingling every corner of your tastebud. They also crack an egg into your soup, giving you that silky egg texture with every spoonful.

If you haven't heard, the popular Jin Xi Lai (Mui Siong) Minced Pork Noodles has opened another outlet in the west!

Known to have snaking long queues at their original outlet at Veerasamy Road starting at 7.30am in the morning, this coffee shop alternative for those who live in the west would save you that trip down!

Located within the 7th Mile Coffee Shop, a 10 minutes walk from Beauty World MRT, the consistency of the noodles & liver (in my husband's words) are perfection 💯

This outlet now offers the option of having a whole bowl of liver soup at $5 instead of having to add it on. Their usual bowl (pictured) at $4.50 comes with thick succulent slices of liver, minced pork & pork slices in their cloudy flavourful bowl of broth. Their signature broth is a perfect blend of liver & fatty pork, encouraging you to finish every last drop of soup as you go through your noodles.

If you are a HUGE fan of liver, this is a place to visit. Don't say I bojio 😉

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📍Jin Xi Lai (Mui Siong) Minced Pork Noodles, 7th Mile Coffeeshop, Blk 18 Toh Yi Drive #01-97
🚇 Beauty World

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This old neighbourhood's hawker centre has been around for years & their iconic L-shaped hawker centre is a hidden gem with loads of good food!

One such dish is the Char Kway Teow from Meng Kee. Stir-fried upon order, the amount of wok hey in each bite feel like a heart clogging experience, yet worth it (okay maybe not, but you get it).

The well-cooked noodles are tossed with black sweet sauce and fried over large flames to give that smokey scent and flavour, adding that char and making this a must-have dish.

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[BEEF NOODS COMEBACK!] Previously located at the old Orchard Emerald (now known as Orchard Gateway), and having shifted to Margaret Drive, Holland Drive & Bukit Merah, Original Orchard Emerald Beef Noodles have now found a permanent home at Pagoda Street!

Serving up wholesome beef noodles with their Signature Beef Noodles ($9.90) and Mixed Beef Bowl ($12.90), it feels like a major throwback with a simple hearty meal!

The Signature Beef Noodles comes with slightly undercooked beef slices, bean sprouts (which I omitted) and salted preserved vegetables!

Having slightly rare beef slices gives you that nice bite as you slurp it down with their thick saucy gravy. If it's too rare for you, you could ask for them to cook it longer, or dunk it into the soup that comes with to cook it a lil' bit more. Pair that with the chunks of salted preserved vegetables, each bite if flavourful & calls for another scoop.

If you're a huge fan, may I suggest the full works with their Mixed Beef Bowl. Apart from the beef slices, it also comes with melt-in-your-mouth tendon pieces, homemade beef balls & beef brisket. All these are also coated in the same said gravy to give you different textures throughout your bowl. Add some acidity with a squeeze of lime and pump it up with some some spice with their chilli & you're all good to go!

Apart from beef noodles, they also have their homemade oxtail stew and soup which pairs well with their garlic bread!

Sharing the same space as @theden.sg, drop by from Tuesdays till Saturdays from 11am till 8.30pm to get your beef noodles fix. 🐄

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📍Original Orchard Emerald Beef Noodle, 32/34 Pagoda Street
🚇 Chinatown

Opened my Masterchef finalist, Aaron Wong, Jiak Song 吃爽 has opened another outlet in the west, at Bukit Batok, serving up authentic mee hoon kway!

With only 4 variations on the menu, each variation increases in price by $0.50 as you add more items in.

I had the basic version at $4, which consisted of a choice of mee hoon kway or ban mian, soup or dry with minced pork. The simple hearty bowl has a subtle wok hei flavour (which was quite mind blowing) with hand peeled MHK which was stretched out using a pasta machine. You could tell the elasticity of the dough as it has to be constantly stretched to ensure it's thin texture. The soup was flavourful & well-balanced, which makes it a comfortable dish to have!

Newly opened along Blk 177 Toa Payoh Central, Tai Wah Pork Noodles has expanded & opened this store conveniently located just a 5 mins walk away from the MRT!

Located within Epic Haus coffee shop, they sit right next to the popular Tanjong Rhu Wonton Noodles store & sees a snaking queue during lunch hour. Fret not, their simple menu consists of their usual BCM or the deluxe version with the full works.

We went for the usual regular version which comes with a choice of your noodles (either soup or dry, we went for the latter), topped with minced pork, lean pork slices, meatballs, wonton & their iconic fried flat fish. I gave my portion of liver away cause I'm not a fan, but for reference, it was cooked just right (as shared by my colleague).

The combination was a no brainer, but I wished they cooked my kway teow a little shorter (cause it was slightly soggy once it got the table) & had a tad more vinegar. That aside, the generous amount of ingredients made up for it & made it an extremely enjoyable bowl!


As for the Assam Laksa, the amount of sardines in the broth brings you right back to Penang as you savour a hot pipping bowl by the sea. The slurpy thick noodles absorbs all the broth, while the veggies gives you that extra crunch.⁠

Last not but least, end off your meal with a sweet bowl of chendol as you reminisce the good times travelling. you can tell that the Pandan jelly threads are handmade with its slightly odd shapes but has that that extra bite when you need it.⁠


While we still dream of the day where we can travel across the seas to get the real thing, we found a nook in the west to satisfy the said craving.⁠

Island Penang Kitchen is located opposite West Coast Plaza & sees snaking long queues on weekends & some weekday evenings! Don't get a shock by the queue as the turnover is pretty quick. If dining in is not your thing, you can also call in advance to place your orders to collect your items.⁠

As with any Penang food, the go-to includes Penang Char Kway Teow ($6), Assam Laksa ($5) or Chendol ($3). The first comes with a whiff (not that I'm complaining) of wokhey, making you salivate & gets you excited before you dive in for the first bite. The chewy qq noodles were fried to perfection with charred bits at the edges.⁠
Pro-tip: join the queue early (6pm or earlier) to reduce waiting time!⁠ #BurppleTakeaways

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📍Island Penang Kitchen, 721 Clementi West Street 2, #01-126, Singapore 120721, West Coast

One of the highlights will be from Thai Pan, a popular restaurant that was previously housed in the East. The owners of Tribeca decided to provide them an alternative space to house their amazing homely Thai dishes which you definitely do not want to miss! Choose from their option of dishes such as Butter Squid ($16 S / $24 M / $30 L), or to classics like their Tom Yum Soup ($10 S / $18 M / $24 L). ⁠

Sharing an entire piece of sea bass between 2 pax was no easy feat, but tbh, it was so easy to finish due to how well-balanced this dish was!

From a choice of sauces/broth, we went with the Preserved Vegetables option, which comes as a spicy & non-spicy option. We opted for the former which was marked with 🌶. It ended up being mildly spicy, but really sour, which opened our appetite.

The sea bass was first fried before being soaked into the broth & topped with preserved vegetables, onions & red pepper. The butterfly cut allowed the meat to fully absorb the broth as it boils overtime, which maintaining its firm texture & sweet flesh. Definitely a fresh piece of fish.

You can also add in more ingredients, we chose black fungus ($3.80) and beancurd skin ($3.80) which sits below the fish.

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Enjoy the endless scroll of food at @alhsx

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